The Resource Epic of the dispossessed : Derek Walcott's Omeros, Robert D. Hamner

Epic of the dispossessed : Derek Walcott's Omeros, Robert D. Hamner

Label
Epic of the dispossessed : Derek Walcott's Omeros
Title
Epic of the dispossessed
Title remainder
Derek Walcott's Omeros
Statement of responsibility
Robert D. Hamner
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In Epic of the Dispossessed, Robert D. Hamner offers an insightful, well-researched analysis of Omeros, the masterful epic poem by 1992 Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. Rich and various, Omeros is an innovative extension of the epic tradition. Despite Walcott's insistence that he violates the formula - he notes his autobiographical presence in the poem and the absence of classical heroic figures and epic battles - the poem incorporates fragments of all the definitive characteristics of the genre. Hamner establishes that through its self-reflexive textuality, Omeros complements the time-honored tradition of the epic by giving voice to the marginalized peoples of the New World
  • Hamner briefly explains his perception of the epic tradition and its viability in contemporary literature. He examines Walcott's writing career and traces his development of devices, themes, techniques, and a narrative style essential to epic poetry. Although Walcott could not have fully anticipated Omeros, a retrospective view of his writing reveals the consistent accumulation of the skills and broad scope required for such an undertaking. Hamner attempts also to show that Walcott has incorporated into his personal style not only the more obvious aspects of his formal education but also uniquely West Indian cultural material and forms of expression
  • Hamner describes Omeros as an epic of the dispossessed because each of its protagonists is a castaway in one sense or another. Regardless of whether their ancestry is traced to the classical Mediterranean, Europe, Africa, or confined to the Americas, they are transplanted individuals whose separate quests all center on the fundamental human need to strike roots in a place where one belongs
Cataloging source
DLC
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Hamner, Robert D
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR9272.9.W3
LC item number
O4434 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Walcott, Derek
  • Homer
  • Homer
  • Walcott, Derek
  • Homère
  • Walcott, Derek
  • West Indian poetry (English)
  • Epic poetry, English
  • Castaways in literature
  • Exiles in literature
  • Poésie antillaise (anglaise)
  • Poésie épique anglaise
  • Naufrages dans la littérature
  • Exil dans la littérature
  • Antilles dans la littérature
  • Sainte-Lucie dans la littérature
  • West Indies
  • Saint Lucia
Label
Epic of the dispossessed : Derek Walcott's Omeros, Robert D. Hamner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-181) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 187 pages
Isbn
9780826211521
Lccn
97013099
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36663076
  • (OCoLC)ocm36663076
Label
Epic of the dispossessed : Derek Walcott's Omeros, Robert D. Hamner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-181) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 187 pages
Isbn
9780826211521
Lccn
97013099
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36663076
  • (OCoLC)ocm36663076

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